Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blink and You Miss It: The New Family Guy Dancers.

…After OUR LAST POST, this can’t help but be a quickie – but enjoy it anyway! 

In 2010, FAMILY GUY, at long last, moved into the realm of HD widescreen broadcast. 

When THE SIMPSONS made a similar move some time ago, its opening credits sequence was both revised and expanded.  Read about that HERE! 

No such revision, it seemed, for FAMILY GUY… until you look just a wee bit closer! 

Check out the lines of male and female chorus dancers in both the standard and widescreen versions. 

The standard, or original, version is made up of generic characters…

…While the widescreen version is made up of CHARACTERS from the SERIES! 

Click on each -- and maybe you'll see it larger... or maybe not!  Feeling lucky? 

Note the appearances of:

MALE (From bottom to top): Glenn Quagmire, Joe Swanson, Mayor Adam West, Mort Goldman, Tom Tucker, and Carter Pewterschimdt. 

FEMALE (From bottom to top): Trisha Takanawa, Bonnie Swanson, Jillian (Brian’s former love interest), Angela (Peter’s boss), Joyce Kinney (the new newscaster), and Babs Pewterschimdt. 

But, “Blink and You Miss It!”  


Comicbookrehab said...

When reruns air in syndication, most of the episodes survive the shift to full screen, except for the recent one with Ricky Gervais as a talking dolphin. They have Quagmire dress up as Aquaman, but you can only see him in the widescreen format.

The shift to widescreen happened slowly. The Cleveland Show did it first, followed by American Dad. I think Seth had argued in one of the commentaries that the widescreen takes away the intimacy of watching a regular sitcom on a television, but then what happens now is any full screen programs get shunken down to a smaller square with borders around it! It was as inevitable as subscribing to cable after they forced everyone to go digital.

Joe Torcivia said...


That is HORRIBLE, regarding the Quagmire cut!

I’ve yet to see a widescreen FAMILY GUY in full screen, but I didn’t think something like THIS would happen. I’ve only seen them as they aired Sundays – and, of course, on DVD.

Oddly, my gym has individual full screen TVs on each treadmill – and I HAVE noticed that a commercial I am very familiar with (from constant airing on Yankees games) had an image in the far right that was not fully visible on the gym TV. But I didn’t think it would happen with a regular series – particularly an ANIMATED series, where the all key elements could easily be placed within the scene to compensate for full screen broadcasts.

Further, FAMILY GUY airs in local syndication in the 6-7 PM hour – and that often coincides with my last half hour in the gym, so I’ve begun watching it. But, I haven’t seen a widescreen episode on the gym TV yet. Now, I’ll have to watch more closely!

Joe Torcivia said...

Oh, and apropos to your observation, ‘Rehab, isn’t it an ironic choice of terminology that has “FULL SCREEN”, as the format that excludes detail!

Comicbookrehab said...

Yes, it should be "All You Can See Screen".

Often, the characters in each scene are centered and any background gags happen behind them. When jokes and gags and conversations are played/continued/pulled in the far left and far right, then it becomes noticable, but usually the difference in formats is negligable. The same rules also apply in a lot of live-action movies, too.

The FG Star Wars parodies hold up okay in full screen, though.